Monday, April 19th, 2010 12:00 PM
DANCECleveland, northeast Ohio's premier dance presenting organization, will launch its 55th season with a stellar line-up of some of the best in contemporary dance featuring the variety that fans of this annual dance series have come to expect.
Companies coming to northeast Ohio include: Keigwin+Company, a hot young New York troupe; Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, the celebrated repertory company with bravura technique; FLY: Five First Ladies of Dance, featuring solo more › performances by extraordinary dancer/choreographers; Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, the beloved ballet parody dance phenomenon; RIOULT, a bold and exciting dance theater company; and The Parsons Dance Company with The East Village Opera Company, the highly successful Parsons paired with live music and more. DANCECleveland subscribers will also have an opportunity to see the return of the Joffrey Ballet with the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center, a hit of last season's offerings.
"We're excited to continue our tradition of community partnerships to bring our audiences this ambitious season," says Pam Young, DANCECleveland executive director. "We're pleased to continue our relationships with Cuyahoga Community College, The University of Akron, E.J. Thomas Hall and The Cleveland Orchestra. We're also welcoming two new partners for the coming year. Oberlin College and Conservatory Theater and Dance Program will co-present the Five First Ladies of Dance and Opera Cleveland will work with us to bring the Parsons Dance Company to Cleveland."
Opening the season will be the return of The Joffrey Ballet with The Cleveland Orchestra to Blossom Music Center on Labor Day weekend for two performances Saturday, Sept. 4 and Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010, featuring a repertory program, to be announced. Cleveland Orchestra Assistant Conductor Tito Muñoz will lead the performances. For the second year, DANCECleveland subscribers will have the opportunity to add The Joffrey Ballet to their season subscription. Last season some 10,000 people attended these Blossom performances by one of the most heralded dance companies in America.
Keigwin+Company will perform on Saturday, Oct. 2. 2010 at E.J. Thomas Hall in Akron. This will be the third year of collaboration between DANCECleveland, E.J. Thomas Hall and the University of Akron. The witty and engaging Keigwin+Company was founded in 2003 in New York City by Larry Keigwin, praised for his "extraordinary feats of dancing." (The New York Times). A highlight of the local performance will be Bolero: Akron, a piece that will be created using from 50-100 community performers onstage. This production is inspired by the original 2007 commission, Bolero: NYC, described by The New York Times as "a joyful and breathtakingly clever celebration of the city and its people."
"The kinetic delight of Keigwin's high-powered dancing is infectious, and he doesn't shy away from the 'e' word: entertainment." Dance Magazine
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago comes to the Ohio Theatre in Playhouse Square on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, co-presented by Tri-C Presents. The company holds a unique place in American dance as a repository of work from some the best choreographers of the 20th and 21st centuries. It is recognized as a leader in the creation and development of new choreography, unique collaborations and innovative production concepts. Since its beginnings in 1977, Hubbard Street has attracted nationally known choreographers, including Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Margo Sappington, Daniel Ezralow, Nacho Duato, Jiri Kylian and Twyla Tharp, all of whom have helped shape the company's repertory. Hubbard Street has appeared nationally and internationally at celebrated dance venues and has been presented by some of the most cutting-edge dance programs around the country.
"Take a deep breath, because Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is going to take your breath away." The Washington Post
FLY: Five First Ladies of Dance will perform at Oberlin College, Hall Auditorium Theater, on Friday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010. Co-presented with Oberlin College and Conservatory Theater and Dance Program, FLY features performances by some of the most influential contemporary dancer/choreographers in history: Germaine Acogny, Carmen de Lavallade, Dianne McIntyre, Bebe Miller and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. They have helped shape the language and trajectory of contemporary dance in the U.S. and abroad. At their landmark Ohio appearance, each woman will perform a solo work. Senegalese and French, Acogny is considered the 'mother of contemporary African dance." Her critically acclaimed all-male dance troupe Compagnie Jant-Bi garnered her a Bessie Award for choreography. Zollar, who studied in NYC with McIntyre, founded Urban Bush Women in 1984. She is a Bessie recipient and most recently was named a U.S. Artists 'Wynn Fellow.' De Lavallade danced with the Metropolitan Opera, American Ballet Theater and the NYC Opera before founding PARADIGM with Gus Solomons, Jr. Native Clevelander McIntyre has developed a distinctive body of work and received a host of accolades including a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship for Choreography. Miller, who has been making dances for over 25 years, formed the Bebe Miller Company in 1985. She has been honored with four Bessies.
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo will be at the Ohio Theatre on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, co-presented with Tri-C Presents. Since their beginnings in the 1970s in late-late shows at off-off Broadway lofts, the Trocks, as they are called by their legion of fans, have become an international dance phenomenon. Their frenzied tour schedule has included six tours to Australia and New Zealand, 24 trips to Japan (where their annual tours have created a nationwide cult following), 10 to South America, three to South Africa and 58 European tours. This all male company performs a full range of ballet and modern dance styles, delighting and amusing the most knowledgeable, as well as novices, in the audience. In their productions, the company blends a loving knowledge of dance with a comic approach – not to mention the astounding fact that men can, indeed, dance en pointe without falling flat on their faces.
"Dainty, they ain't. But plenty of ballerina hopefuls might envy the technique, strength and chutzpah of [the Trocks], the troupe that mocks the art by more or less mastering it."
The Chicago Tribune
RIOULT will perform on Saturday, April. 2, 2011, at the Ohio Theatre. Founded in 1994, RIOULT fast became an established name in modern dance with a reputation for creating and presenting the sensual, articulate and exquisitely musical works of Pascal Rioult. Born in France, Rioult is a former principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company. Repertory for the Cleveland performance will include Bolero, featuring Rioult's bold and unique interpretation of the famous musical score, and Wien, set to Ravel's La Valse, in which the Viennese waltz serves as a premonition of evil.
"Rioult is one of the most adept and courageous choreographers in mainstream modern dance today." Backstage
The Parsons Dance Company with The East Village Opera Company closes the season with a performance on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at the Ohio Theatre co-presented by Opera Cleveland. Parsons brings the most ambitious production in the history of his 22-year-old dance company to Cleveland. Titled Remember Me, this high-energy mix of contemporary American dance, opera and rock music combines the athleticism of Parsons Dance with an exhilarating live vocal performance by recording artists EVOC. The work creates a storyline that connects EVOC's signature operative arias with Parsons' original choreography resulting in a thoroughly modern re-telling of a classic story of tragic love. Parsons Dance tours some 32 weeks each year at prestigious theaters and festivals around the world. It is the only dance company in history to perform at all three Spoleto Festivals – Italy, Australia and the U.S. – in a single year.
"David Parsons is one of the great movers of modern dance." The New York Times
SUBSCRIPTIONS: Season subscriptions will go on sale for renewing subscribers at www.dancecleveland.org on May 10. Subscriptions will be open to new subscribers on June 15. Season brochures, including subscription information, will be mailed by June 9. Subscriptions start at $75 for three performances with packages available for three to seven performances. Call 216-991-9000 or visit www.dancecleveland.org to purchase subscriptions or request a season brochure.
Single tickets will go on sale August 16.
DANCECleveland is one of a handful of presenters nationally that are dedicated solely to the presentation of modern dance. The centerpiece of DANCECleveland's programming is its annual performance series that is always surrounded by an array of educational outreach events designed to break artistic boundaries and provide community access to the dance aesthetic and dance luminaries that DANCECleveland brings to northeast Ohio.
EDUCATION AND OUTREACH: DANCECleveland educational and outreach programming includes master classes, residency programs, student matinees and pre-performance lectures and post performance Q&A sessions. Dates, times and locations will be announced with each performance news release.
Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 12:00 PM
Pilobolus Dance Theatre Comes to Cleveland May 8: Acclaimed innovators are known for humor, gravity-defying creations
Internationally acclaimed and wildly popular Pilobolus Dance Theatre comes to the Palace Theatre in PlayhouseSquare for one performance only on Saturday, May 8 at 8 p.m. Tickets starting at $10 can be purchased at 216-241-6000 or online at playhousesquare.org.
Co-presented by Cuyahoga Community College and DANCECleveland, the hyper-athletic Pilobolus is known as an innovative and almost uncategorizable dance company that combines athleticism, grace and humor with a profound sense of unity. more › Now in its 39th year, Pilobolus is known for smooth, organic choreography, featuring unusual partnering and lifts that often blur the lines between individual performers, creating a sense of dance-troupe-as-organism.
In Cleveland, the company will perform an eclectic program that includes: Lanterna Magica, created in 2008, a full company work that's a sensual celebration of the supernatural, choreographed by Co-Artistic Director Michael Tracy; Gnomen (1997), a Pilobolus classic with an unusually inventive physical vocabulary; Dog Id, (2009) created with Steven Banks, the lead writer for the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants; Megawatt (2004), a full throttle, full-company piece displaying the troupe's physical endurance and prowess; and Rushes (2007) a collaborative work with dance-theatre makers Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak, billed as a breakthrough for the company's constantly morphing aesthetic.
Among the Pilobolus cast is Cleveland native Christopher Whitney, who is a graduate of Cleveland Heights High School and Ohio University. He began his dance training as an intern with Inlet Dance Theatre under the guidance of Bill Wade and joined Pilobolus in 2008.
Since its founding in 1971, Pilobolus has evolved into a pioneering American arts organization of the 21st century. It has been awarded the Berlin Critic's Prize, the Brandeis Award, the Scotsman Award at the Edinburgh Festival, an Emmy award and the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival award for lifetime achievement in choreography. The company has been the subject of a feature profile on the CBS program "60 Minutes," appeared in performance at the 2007 Academy Awards and created a broadcast promotion for the NFL Super Bowl.
For more information about the company, go to Pilobolus.org.
"The continuity of changing imagery, the easy sensuousness and the wonderful push-me-pull you surprises of the physicality . . ." The New York Times
"Pilobolus embodies a large part of what the best in contemporary dance is all about: discovery." Washington Post
Pilobolus Dance Theatre
Co-presented by Cuyahoga Community College and DANCECleveland
Saturday, May 8, 2010, at 8:00 p.m.
Palace Theatre, PlayhouseSquare
1501 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115
Sunday, February 28th, 2010 12:00 PM
RELATED COMPANY: Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
Monday, February 1st, 2010 12:00 PM
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Makes Cleveland Debut Feb. 27-28: Contemporary Dance Company Shines in Eclectic Repertory
When Aspen Santa Fe Ballet takes the stage at PlayhouseSquare on Feb. 27-28, this young troupe of dancers will showcase an adventurous sampling of choreographic styles including Sue's Leg, a work by famed dancemaker Twyla Tharp.
Presented by DANCECleveland and PlayhouseSquare, the company will perform at the Ohio Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 8 pm and Sunday, Feb. 28 at 2 pm. Tickets can be purchased at 216-241-6000 or playhousesquare.org.
Sue's more › Leg, set to songs sung by Fats Waller, is a breezy homage to 1930s dance halls. Also on the eclectic repertory are three additional dances: Red Sweet, sought-after choreographer Jorma Elo shows the company at its technical best with music by Vivaldi and Biber; Slingerland, a pas de deux by William Forsythe with music by Gavin Bryars; and In Hidden Seconds, a new piece by Nickola Fonte to music by John Tavener.
The company, barely 15 years old, is known for its musicality, athleticism and all-out dancing. Artistic Director Tom Mossbrucker and Executive Director Jean-Philippe Malaty are committed to presenting contemporary classical dance with an emphasis on commissioning new works. With its unique style and innovative repertoire, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is one of the country's preeminent touring contemporary ballet companies.
Bebe Schweppe founded the company in 1996 in Aspen, CO, then established a second home in Santa Fe, NM in 2000. With its broad appeal and eclectic repertory, audiences nationally and internationally have embraced this vibrant company on stages from the Joyce Theatre and the Kennedy Center to venues in Canada, France, Greece and Italy.
"It's a class act, a classic act, and an extraordinarily engaging act: it's the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet . . . the company has much of the pulsating energy of the old Joffrey Ballet in its New York City Center days." New York Post
"Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is a sophisticated, young company that has the dance world talking." The Star-Ledger
For more about the company, go to www.aspensantafeballet.com
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
Co-presented by DANCECleveland and PlayhouseSquare
Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010 at 2 pm
Ohio Theatre, PlayhouseSquare
1501 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115
ELECTRONIC PHOTOS AVAILABLE FROM PAM BARR AT 216-932-5060 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, January 31st, 2010 12:00 PM
RELATED COMPANY: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company